Monday, October 30, 2006

New camera! New camera!

I recently got myself a new digital camera, the canon 30D. I've wanted an SLR for some time now. I've played with it only a little bit, and am very impressed with it. Now all I have to do is to learn to compose decent photographs. Especially of people. I think my notion of cool always has gotten in the way of that.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Not a very good blogger, am I?

I went to DC on a vacation and didn't say anything about it. I did upload a few photographs though... I think I'll just make this post about DC, instead of throwing in everything possible. I was there for the AAAI fall symposium, my wife joined me there, and then we stayed over a couple of extra days. DC is a very nice looking city. It reminded me of some of the neighborhoods in Chicago. We stayed at the Hotel Rouge, a very funky place with an emphasis on red, near the Du Pont Circle. We were very happy with the place, minus an incident right as we were leaving: we got locked out of our room because of a lock malfunction. We walked out to Georgetown, where we ate at an Indian restaurant, Aditi. The food was pretty good, but the service was about as bad as you can get. Avoid the wine. The highlight was of course The Mall, we spent an entire day in the area. Most of it was in the National Gallery. It's an immense museum, I think we were only able to cover only two-thirds of it, in a bit of a rush. It had been ages since we'd been to the east coast. Now to see if I can get to Boston on some other conference or some such...